2012 Pac-12 College Football Simulated Predictions and Preview

Jake WestrichSenior Writer IAugust 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans gets ready for the game with the UCLA Bruins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Using our college football simulation engine, WhatIfSports.com simulated thousands of college football games to create this Pac-12 preview. Team ratings, player ratings and depth charts are accurate as of August 17.

What you see in the Pac-12 predictions table is the most likely outcome based on the computer simulations. The team-by-team schedules use Absolute Records, which you can learn more about below. Those same game-by-game simulations also generate average points per game for both teams.

Pac-12 Predictions
North W L Overall Record
Oregon 7 2 10-2
Stanford 6 3 8-4
Washington 5 4 7-5
Washington State 4 5 7-5
California 4 5 6-6
Oregon State 2 7 3-9
South W L Overall Record
USC 8 1 11-1
Utah 5 4 7-5
UCLA 4 5 6-6
Arizona State 4 5 6-6
Arizona 4 5 6-6
Colorado 1 8 3-9

For this analysis, thousands of college football games are simulated, with the sum of the winning percentages of those games being our final predicted record. As can be noted, sometimes a team is "favored" (wins more than 50 percent of the time) in a different number of our games than the expected record shows. We list this record as the Absolute Record.

The assumption of the Absolute Record is that the more likely scenario always happens. Since we know that it does not, our expected record (in the table above) is far more accurate. Also, especially since we are rounding, it is possible for a team to win a game more often, yet score the same or fewer points on average.

In those cases, for Absolute Records, we always take higher winning percentage and are not predicting a tie or a win by an underdog. This is another reason why the expected records are more accurate, as the teams are so evenly matched, the game could easily go either way.


The 2012 edition of the Ducks is eager to defend its crown. Oregon will again be among the nation’s most incendiary offenses, spearheaded by RB Kenjon Barner and all-purpose dynamo De’Anthony Thomas. However, there is going to be a wrinkle.

Darron Thomas inexplicably left school with a year of eligibility remaining, precipitating a tight battle between underclassmen Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota that won’t produce a victor until the summer.

Nick Aliotti’s defense plans to wreak havoc from every level and angle, if possible, this season. The Ducks like to attack on this side of the ball as well, creating pressure and turnovers in order to get the ball back to the offense as quickly as possible.

DE Dion Jordan, FS John Boyett and linebackers Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso are all seniors...and are all pointing toward a finale filled with postseason accolades.

Oregon will once again begin the season among the country’s elite, well-positioned for yet another conference title run. And while the Ducks clearly house the talent, staff and system to perennially remain in the BCS bowl hunt, the mounting off-field distractions could become a more daunting roadblock to Pasadena than any other member of the Pac-12...except, of course, those once-sleeping giants from USC.

- Richard Cirminiello, College Football News

Absolute Schedule/Records

2012 Oregon Ducks
Week Opponent Win% Avg Score
1 Arkansas State Red Wolves 84 35-21
2 Fresno State Bulldogs 83 33-20
3 Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 95 57-7
4 Arizona Wildcats 72 31-24
5 @Washington State Cougars 74 32-21
6 Washington Huskies 62 31-26
8 @Arizona State Sun Devils 73 31-22
9 Colorado Buffaloes 82 32-18
10 @USC Trojans 31 25-31
11 @California Golden Bears 74 29-22
12 Stanford Cardinal 59 28-25
13 @Oregon State Beavers 81 30-20



Daniel Novinson of TheBootleg.com is our Stanford Cardinal insider:

Linemen David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin, tight end Coby Fleener and a guy named Andrew Luck each went in the first two rounds of this April’s draft, but sleep on Stanford at your own peril.

The front seven might be the best in the country, with linebackers Chase Thomas and Shayne Skov leading the way, and running back Stepfan Taylor is also receiving preseason All-American mention. This February’s No. 7 recruiting class, which includes seven offensive linemen, could also make an immediate impact for a team that, even under Luck, has always been a run-first program.

Question marks are at quarterback and in the defensive backfield, and an early September 15 visit from USC will prove revealing. T

he schedule doesn’t do Stanford any favors, as the other big games are all on the road: at Washington (Thurs., Sept. 27), at Notre Dame (Oct. 13), at Cal (Oct. 20) and at Oregon (Nov. 17). The Ducks are rightfully Pac-12 North favorites, but as the preseason No. 2 in the Pac-12 North, Stanford may well be one upset away from playing in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game.

For more from Daniel Novinson and the Cardinal, check out TheBootleg.com.

Absolute Schedule/Records

2012 Stanford Cardinal
Week Opponent Win% Avg Score
1 San Jose State Spartans 95 34-13
2 Duke Blue Devils 84 31-20
3 USC Trojans 27 24-31
5 @Washington Huskies 51 28-27
6 Arizona Wildcats 64 28-24
7 @Notre Dame Fighting Irish 52 26-23
8 @California Golden Bears 71 27-20
9 Washington State Cougars 76 29-22
10 @Colorado Buffaloes 74 31-20
11 Oregon State Beavers 74 29-21
12 @Oregon Ducks 41 25-28
13 @UCLA Bruins 75 26-19



Now that fourth-year head coach Steve Sarkisian has shown he can rebuild the U-Dub program, expectations are rising in Seattle. That’s a good thing, but it also adds a degree of pressure that this school—or its staff—hasn’t faced since Don James was on Montlake.

Sarkisian appears to be up to the challenge, provided he can get much better play out of his defense. In going 7-6 over the past two years, Washington’s first back-to-back winning seasons in a decade, very little of the support came from the D. A 67-56 Alamo Bowl loss to Baylor marked the unofficial end of the Huskies’ career of coordinator Nick Holt, who has since been replaced by Justin Wilcox.

There will be no shortcuts for the hotshot young coach who has yet to accept an assignment with such a high level of difficulty.

Stopping the run will be doubly hard in 2012 now that the two all-stars in the middle, DT Alameda Ta’amu and ILB Cort Dennison, have graduated. Wilcox is in the process of installing a system that attacks and makes the most of the speed and young legs that the school has signed in recent recruiting cycles.

Even marginal defensive gains will go a long way toward boosting the potential of a squad that’ll have few problems putting up points.

QB Keith Price will be looking to build on an auspicious debut as the starter by teaming up with a collection of emerging sophomores, such as RB Bishop Sankey, WR Kasen Williams and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The offensive key for the Huskies, as is often the case, hinges on the line’s ability to protect the pocket and open holes better than it has in recent years.

The Huskies are thrilled to be regulars on the postseason dance card, but are anything but content.

In fact, the program wants to be where Oregon and Stanford currently reside, as perennial contenders in the Pac-12 North. Sarkisian and Co. have excelled on the recruiting trail and continue to do a crackerjack job of coaching up those young kids. Next up is executing with more precision on Saturdays, a required step for U-Dub to climb even higher in the conference pecking order.

- Richard Cirminiello, College Football News

Absolute Schedule/Records

2012 Washington Huskies
Week Opponent Win% Avg Score
1 San Diego State Aztecs 79 30-19
2 @LSU Tigers 22 20-30
3 Portland State Vikings 95 49-9
5 Stanford Cardinal 49 27-28
6 @Oregon Ducks 38 26-31
7 USC Trojans 25 25-33
8 @Arizona Wildcats 62 30-26
9 Oregon State Beavers 68 29-24
10 @California Golden Bears 60 27-25
11 Utah Utes 58 25-23
12 @Colorado Buffaloes 71 29-22
13 @Washington State Cougars 60 30-27


Washington State

It’s been a long time since there’s been as much excitement on the Palouse about football as there is today. That’s the power of Mike Leach.

The Cougars landed a proven winner, a showman and a coach who’s capable of putting the program back on the radar for the first time since Mike Price was handing the baton to Bill Doba nearly a decade ago. While Wazzu is still clearly rebuilding, particularly on defense, don’t expect the transformation to be a protracted process. Leach doesn’t operate that way.

It’s going to help that he and his staff inherit the key pieces of a passing attack that should flourish early in the season.

QB Jeff Tuel is a longtime starter who looked in the spring as if he was groomed to operate the Air Raid system. And Marquess Wilson is one of the country’s most underrated wide receivers, an All-America talent, sans all of the hype and notoriety. Now all the program needs is for the O-line to begin pulling more of the weight—no small request on this campus.

The play of the defense and special teams have haunted Washington State for years and will not likely be solved overnight. However, there are some valuable parts with which to build around, such as versatile Buck Travis Long, S Deone Bucannon and CB Damante Horton.

However, at the end of the day, if the program is going to gradually emerge from its eight-year bowl-less ditch it’ll be the result of the revamped offense.

In getting one of college football’s premier free-agent coaches, Washington State could not have landed a better fit for its dilapidated program. The coach needed a new university to begin resuscitating his career. The school was pining for new energy on the sidelines.

And just like that, a very compelling marriage was born. While the Cougs are still a long way from prime time, it’s not going to take much, such as a high-profile upset or a late-season push for bowl eligibility, for them to turn a flicker of optimism into a full-blown movement in certain parts of the Pacific Northwest.

- Richard Cirminiello, College Football News

Absolute Schedule/Records

2012 Washington State Cougars
Week Opponent Win% Avg Score
1 @Brigham Young Cougars 50 24-25
2 Eastern Washington Eagles 95 50-8
3 @UNLV Rebels 91 34-15
4 Colorado Buffaloes 72 29-21
5 Oregon Ducks 26 21-32
6 @Oregon State Beavers 42 27-26
7 California Golden Bears 42 24-26
9 @Stanford Cardinal 24 22-29
10 @Utah Utes 59 25-22
11 UCLA Bruins 62 27-24
12 @Arizona State Sun Devils 57 28-25
13 Washington Huskies 40 27-30



Dan Greenspan of CalSportsDigest.com is our California Golden Bears insider:

No team in the Pac-12 has a greater disparity between its potential floor and ceiling in 2012 than California.

With the top three teams in the North—Oregon, archrival Stanford and Washington—all coming to renovated Memorial Stadium, the Golden Bears could sneak their way into the conference championship game if quarterback Zach Maynard continues his dramatic improvement from late last season, backed by All-America candidate Keenan Allen and 1,300-yard rusher Isi Sofele.

But if Maynard regresses, opponents smother Allen, the young receiving corps around him doesn’t step up and the defense cannot replace departed inside linebackers Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt, head coach Jeff Tedford could find himself out of a job after missing the postseason for the second time in three years.

The real indication of which end of the spectrum Cal fits will come with back-to-back September road games at Ohio State and USC. Survive that stretch or even come away with an upset, it will signal the Bears are again prepared to reach the Pac-12’s top tier.

For more from Dan Greenspan and the Golden Bears, check out CalSportsDigest.com.

Absolute Schedule/Records

2012 California Golden Bears
Week Opponent Win% Avg Score
1 Nevada Wolf Pack 61 26-22
2 Southern Utah Thunderbirds 95 49-8
3 @Ohio State Buckeyes 38 22-26
4 @USC Trojans 13 20-33
5 Arizona State Sun Devils 50 24-24
6 UCLA Bruins 48 22-22
7 @Washington State Cougars 58 26-24
8 Stanford Cardinal 29 20-27
9 @Utah Utes 46 21-21
10 Washington Huskies 40 25-27
11 Oregon Ducks 26 22-29
12 @Oregon State Beavers 51 26-24


Oregon State

The Beavers, the Pac-12’s one-time perennial overachievers, have failed to qualify for the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since the end of the last century.

Head coach Mike Riley, one of the most popular figures in Corvallis, will need to stem the tide immediately in order to quiet his increasing number of critics. He should have the troops to at least get his program back to the .500 mark and into a bowl game. Or at least that’s the hope around campus.

A spate of injuries on both sides of the ball forced Oregon State to use far more true freshmen and unproven players in 2011 than it would normally prefer. The upshot, of course, is that this year’s roster is considerably more seasoned, welcoming back 16 starters and nearly five dozen Beavers who saw action last fall.

The program is guaranteed to be a year older, but will it be a year better on Saturdays? The poster child of last season’s youth movement was then-redshirt freshman QB Sean Mannion, who endured some rocky on-the-job training as he started every game, but threw more interceptions than touchdowns.

He is one of many young Beavers being tasked with the responsibility of turning around a program that sunk to a new recent low after going 3-9. Riley and his staff have to parlay their improved depth and talent into results that show up in the standings...or else.

No one associated with this program, from the players and their parents to the administration and the backers, want to contemplate a new figure on the sidelines. However, can a third straight losing season be tolerated at a school that used to script the manual on how to exceed expectations? The hope around Corvallis is that a winning campaign can make that question unnecessary.

- Richard Cirminiello, College Football News

Absolute Schedule/Records


2012 Oregon State Beavers
Week Opponent Win% Avg Score
1 Nicholls Colonels 95 50-9
2 Wisconsin Badgers 23 21-32
4 @UCLA Bruins 51 23-23
5 @Arizona Wildcats 45 25-28
6 Washington State Cougars 57 26-27
7 @Brigham Young Cougars 39 22-26
8 Utah Utes 41 20-23
9 @Washington Huskies 32 24-29
10 Arizona State Sun Devils 52 25-24
11 @Stanford Cardinal 24 21-29
12 California Golden Bears 49 24-26
13 Oregon Ducks 19 20-30



Wasn’t it just yesterday that the Trojans were down and out, a little wobbly in the legs from the right cross delivered by the NCAA nearly two years ago? That was then, and this is now.

Troy regrouped from its bowl ban and scholarship reduction with unexpected suddenness last fall, winning seven of its final eight games to ascend back into the national consciousness. After beating Oregon—at Autzen Stadium—and rival UCLA, 50-0, to put a bow on the season, it had become vividly clear that USC was once again set to join the game’s elite schools.

And then just before Christmas, QB Matt Barkley gave a beleaguered fanbase exactly what it wanted: one more season behind center. All of the stars have aligned for the Trojans to explode back on to the grand stage. Barkley is the most prominent of 17 starters who’ll begin the 2012 campaign with a strong sense of purpose.

USC is going to feature one of the country’s two or three most talented rosters this fall; future pros and All-Americans are once again congregating in high numbers at the Coliseum. However, the program will not be without its concerns.

Depth is going to be an unavoidable issue, the byproduct of those scholarship reductions over the past couple of years. Plus, there are legitimate question marks in the trenches, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

Matt Kalil was the country’s premier left tackle, providing flawless backside protection for Barkley, but now he’s being replaced by unproven sophomore Aundrey Walker. On defense, three starting linemen must be replaced, namely All-Pac-12 DE Nick Perry, who gave up his final season of eligibility.

Forget about simply returning to the postseason now that the ban has been lifted. No, USC will be shooting big in 2012, with the right mix of talent to contend for a Pac-12 crown and a national championship. Barkley and his teammates are back in cardinal and gold to take care of some unfinished business. And not one of these Trojans is going to be satisfied until the job is completed.

- Richard Cirminiello, College Football News

Absolute Schedule/Records

2012 USC Trojans
Week Opponent Win% Avg Score
1 Hawaii Warriors 95 38-15
2 @Syracuse Orange 81 33-19
3 @Stanford Cardinal 73 31-24
4 California Golden Bears 87 33-20
6 @Utah Utes 82 30-20
7 @Washington Huskies 75 33-25
8 Colorado Buffaloes 95 38-17
9 @Arizona Wildcats 84 36-23
10 Oregon Ducks 69 31-25
11 Arizona State Sun Devils 81 34-21
12 @UCLA Bruins 77 33-21
13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 78 34-23



Last season had an obvious learning curve associated with the program’s shift in conference affiliation. The competition wasn’t just new; it was also significantly tougher than in the days of the Mountain West. And yet, Utah met the challenge about as well as could be expected, finishing 8-5 and winning four of its final five league games.

Head coach Kyle Whittingham wants to build on that success in 2012. In fact, he already has by assembling arguably the most talented recruiting class in school history. These are exciting times in Salt Lake City, with the personnel and the stakes finally beginning to approach the caliber of one of the most underrated coaching staffs in America.

On the field, the quarterbacks—past and present—will be getting a lot of the attention during the offseason. Junior Jordan Wynn is working on a return from his second season-ending shoulder injury in the last couple of years. When No. 3 is healthy, the Utes have a noticeably different spark about them.

When he’s not, Utah is one-dimensional, riding the broad shoulders of star RB John White. Wynn’s new offensive coordinator Brian Johnson, a former Utes hurler from just a few years ago, is only 25 years old and about to undergo an intriguing baptism under fire.

On defense and special teams, there isn’t a lot that’s giving the assistants sleepless nights this offseason. The D has many of the parts, including All-America-caliber NT Star Lotulelei, needed to be the toughest in the Whittingham era. And the special teams unit has no glaring weaknesses.

In the year that USC comes off probation, Utah is probably not going to win the Pac-12 South Division. Still, the Utes are surging in a northerly direction by every possible measurement. Better league. Better players. More exposure. Same crackerjack staff that continues to guide this program on a steady course to prosperity.

- Richard Cirminiello, College Football News

Absolute Schedule/Records

2012 Utah Utes
Week Opponent Win% Avg Score
1 Northern Colorado Bears 95 46-8
2 @Utah State Aggies 78 27-18
3 Brigham Young Cougars 49 22-22
4 @Arizona State Sun Devils 52 22-21
6 USC Trojans 18 20-30
7 @UCLA Bruins 53 21-20
8 @Oregon State Beavers 58 23-20
9 California Golden Bears 53 21-21
10 Washington State Cougars 40 22-25
11 @Washington Huskies 42 23-25
12 Arizona Wildcats 55 25-23
13 @Colorado Buffaloes 72 25-19



In an effort to put the brakes on the program’s recent slide, UCLA went in an unconventional route by hiring longtime NFL coach Jim Mora. Unconventional results are now the goal on campus.

Although no games have been played, the coach and his staff have gotten off to a very fast start, hiring a quality collection of assistants, amassing a terrific first recruiting class and ever so gradually changing the culture of losing within the program. The Bruins needed a shock to the system. Mora has been the coaching equivalent of a stun gun for the holdovers.

He’s changing the way UCLA prepares, the way it practices and the way it approaches the game. He’s stripping away old habits, bad habits and replacing them with what he learned for so many years on the staffs of five different NFL franchises.

The good news for the new regime is that the cupboard was far from empty when it arrived. UCLA houses a lot of former blue-chip talent on both sides of the ball. Say what you will about former coach Rick Neuheisel, but he sure could attract talented kids back to the program. Mora figures to be the beneficiary, provided he can coach up the young Bruins better than his predecessors did.

Naturally, no games have been played, but Mora brought with him a renewed sense of hope to a school that desperately needs it. Only time will tell if he’s UCLA’s version of former USC head man Pete Carroll or just the next in a growing line of failed Bruins hires.

- Richard Cirminiello, College Football News

Absolute Schedule/Records

2012 UCLA Bruins
Week Opponent Win% Avg Score
1 @Rice Owls 84 30-19
2 Nebraska Cornhuskers 42 23-27
3 Houston Cougars 46 28-30
4 Oregon State Beavers 49 23-23
5 @Colorado Buffaloes 61 25-20
6 @California Golden Bears 52 22-22
7 Utah Utes 47 20-21
9 @Arizona State Sun Devils 47 23-24
10 Arizona Wildcats 61 26-24
11 @Washington State Cougars 38 24-27
12 USC Trojans 23 21-33
13 Stanford Cardinal 23 19-26


Arizona State

Although he’s the new sheriff in Tempe, Todd Graham will have his hands full trying to turn around a program that had been mired in mediocrity for the past four seasons under Dennis Erickson.

Last year was quintessential Arizona State. The program began the season as everyone’s sleeper in the Pac-12, flush with talent and a senior-laden depth chart. It ended it as the league’s biggest disappointment, losing the last five games, squandering the South Division in USC’s final year on probation and finishing below .500.

The administration had reached its breaking point. So long, Erickson. Hello, Graham.

There will be countless challenges associated with the implementation of a completely new staff. For the Sun Devils, there are also the added complications of a hire that wasn’t met with universal praise and the reality of extensive turnover on the roster. The two-deep will need to be rearranged now that so many starters have either used up their eligibility or left for the NFL with a season remaining.

In fact, of the seven Arizona State players who earned at least All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2011, just one, RB Cameron Marshall, is still with the team. QB Brock Osweiler could have helped immensely with the transition, but opted instead to turn pro a year early. The identity of his successor still isn't known.

A drifter among college head coaches, Graham swears that Arizona State is his destination job, the place where he’ll begin to plant roots for the foreseeable future. It ought to be.

A guy can recruit and win big in Tempe even if recent history suggests otherwise. Frank Kush did. So did Dan Devine and John Cooper. Of course, the problem is that none of those men were employed as head coaches of the school in the past quarter-century.

- Richard Cirminiello, College Football News

Absolute Schedule/Records

2012 Arizona State Sun Devils
Week Opponent Win% Avg Score
1 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 95 48-7
2 Illinois Fighting Illini 55 23-22
3 @Missouri Tigers 46 22-24
4 Utah Utes 47 21-22
5 @California Golden Bears 50 24-24
7 @Colorado Buffaloes 65 28-21
8 Oregon Ducks 27 22-31
9 UCLA Bruins 52 24-23
10 @Oregon State Beavers 48 24-25
11 @USC Trojans 19 21-34
12 Washington State Cougars 43 25-28
13 @Arizona Wildcats 46 26-27



There’s enthusiasm once again in Tucson thanks to the arrival of Rich Rodriguez as the new head coach.

After eight disappointing seasons under Mike Stoops, the Wildcats were jonesing for a change at the top, and the new regime brings some much-needed fresh energy to Tucson. Stoops finished his tenure nine games below .500, winning just a single bowl game and never surpassing mediocrity in the Pac-12.

With a different regime comes a sense of newness in every crevice of the struggling program. It’s out with the old and in with the new as it pertains to practice, recruiting and the type of players that Arizona will be targeting. Oh, and the locals might also need a quick crash course on the systems as well.

The Wildcats are making wholesale changes in philosophy, aiming to bring more speed and attacking to both sides of the ball. On offense, Arizona is installing Rich Rod’s spread option, a run-based system that was wildly successful at West Virginia, yet failed to come through in the Big Ten at Michigan.

The ‘Cats caught a break when multi-dimensional QB Matt Scott was redshirted in 2011, preserving one more season of eligibility. He harbors the right mix of athleticism and poise to click in the offense, but needs to prove that he can remain healthy for an entire year.

The defense is shifting to coordinator Jeff Casteel’s unique 3-3-5 stack alignment, which also received positive reviews in Morgantown. The next two months will be all about getting the staff better acclimated with the personnel and getting those personnel gradually more comfortable with an unfamiliar playbook.

- Richard Cirminiello, College Football News

Absolute Schedule/Records

2012 Arizona Wildcats
Week Opponent Win% Avg Score
1 Toledo Rockets 60 29-26
2 Oklahoma State Cowboys 39 25-30
3 South Carolina State Bulldogs 95 51-8
4 @Oregon Ducks 28 24-31
5 Oregon State Beavers 55 28-25
6 @Stanford Cardinal 36 24-28
8 Washington Huskies 37 26-30
9 USC Trojans 16 23-36
10 @UCLA Bruins 39 24-26
11 Colorado Buffaloes 63 29-24
12 @Utah Utes 44 23-25
13 Arizona State Sun Devils 53 27-26



Jon Embree’s first season as the head coach at his alma mater was supposed to be challenging. It was. Now, he and his staff are looking to gradually build on last year’s 3-10 campaign.

Last season was tough on Embree, who was accustomed to different results as a player and an assistant with the program. He knew his Buffaloes had slipped considerably under Dan Hawkins, but this far?

The losing was a bitter pill to swallow, but so was the state of the program, which wasn’t ready to compete on a high level in its debut in the Pac-12. So, the coaches went to work with a bottom-up approach, hitting the recruiting trail as hard as the practice field. Colorado may not have been bowl-ready in 2011, but it wouldn’t be because of a lack of trying.

The Buffs will likely remain on the outside of the postseason picture, but after a full season under the new regime, they should be better positioned to compete on a week-in, week-out basis. The stark reality is that Colorado simply lacks the depth and overall talent at this time to make a lot of noise in the conference.

On the bright side, the program used a slew of young kids who’ll be far less unsure of their assignments in the second year with Embree in charge and closed out 2011 with a pair of November upsets. Hope can be found in those underclassmen, such as RB Tony Jones, CB Greg Henderson and former Texas Longhorns QB Connor Wood who’ve bought into the staff’s teachings and energy.

- Richard Cirminiello, College Football News

Absolute Schedule/Records

2012 Colorado Buffaloes
Week Opponent Win% Avg Score
1 @Colorado State Rams 65 25-18
2 Sacramento State Hornets 95 43-8
3 @Fresno State Bulldogs 50 25-24
4 @Washington State Cougars 28 21-29
5 UCLA Bruins 39 20-25
7 Arizona State Sun Devils 34 21-28
8 @USC Trojans 5 17-38
9 @Oregon Ducks 17 18-32
10 Stanford Cardinal 26 20-31
11 @Arizona Wildcats 37 24-29
12 Washington Huskies 29 22-29
13 Utah Utes 25 19-25


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